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2007_04_cucumbers2.jpgWith the weather finally creeping into comfortable spring, it’s finally time to start spending a lot of our time thinking of ways to cool off. Some might think of beverages with lots of ice, but for some reason we were thinking about cucumbers. It’s hard to think of another vegetable so cool and so crisp. It might be the perfect warm weather vegetable, and apparently grocery stores feel the same way. They are 3 for $2 at Key Foods, 3 for $1.99 at Pathmark, but leave it to C-Town for pulling out the impressive win with 4 cucumbers for $1 (though we were a little confused about the fact that they had to point out that they were both green and long).

2007_04_cucumbers1.jpgFaced with such a daunting number of cucumbers, it might seem hard to figure out how to use them. There is always tzatziki sauce, which we’ve managed to use as condiment for just about everything. And it might seem strange, but we do quite love little cucumber sandwiches. If that’s too haughty for you, we suggest a nice spring salad. Halve 2 to the 3 cucumbers, and then scoop out the seeds. Slice them into 1/2 inch strips and place in a large bowl. Pour in 1/3 cup of red wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and teaspoon of salt. Let the mixture combine for an hour. When it’s ready, cut up a couple tomatoes, a small red onion, a good handful of mint and toss with 3 tablespoons of olive oil.